BOONE — The National Campus Safety Summit has named the Appalachian State University Police Department as one of the top 25 university departments in the country. The ranked universities were cited for “increasing the safety and security of their campus community” and “making a difference in…

ASHEVILLE — Potential adjustments to permit periods for overnight campers in the Linville Gorge are one of many recommendations made in a long-awaited draft plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest that was released on Feb. 7.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate averaged 3.9 percent during 2019. For economists, that rate signifies “full employment” (the nation is at full employment, too, and our state’s rate is not significantly different from the nation’s).

I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the fundamental prin…

Thumbs-up: to Watauga Medical Center’s five-star rating, putting the facility in the top 9 percent of hospitals in the nation on a federal standard. The journey to the top is not an easy one, but moving from three stars in 2016 to four stars to 2019 and now to the top rating reflects, as ARH…